First off, I want to pat myself on the back for keeping to my 'resolution' and posting within a week of my last blog! :) I plan to keep up as much as I possibly can.
I wanted to share some of my favorite vacation spots as we are coming into BEAUTIFUL weather! This past weekend was wonderful!! I hope you all had a wonderful time spent with friends and family remembering all those who have served and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
I'm going to try to give quite a few options! I'm going to go with 2 categories:
(1) Best weekend get-aways, and
(2) Best vacations
These will strictly be based off of where I have already been.
....Here we go!
Best Weekend Get-Aways
Friday evening through Sunday trip
Jason and I went down to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail about 2.5 years ago (OMG already?!) just before Christmas. Let me tell you, I am NOT a bourbon drinker, but I had a blast! It may have been the beautiful decorations some places had going on for Christmas, but I have to feel that this would be just as fun in the summer. They give great tours and you can always find awesome food in Kentucky. We did include some wine, for me of course, into our trip and went to Old 502. Links included below. My personal favorite was Maker's Mark - tour was excellent. We did Louisville and Louisville Slugger in this trip as well.
Friday night through Sunday trip
I'm going to sound like an alcoholic here...wine, wine, wine!!! Y'all if you love wine or want to start loving wine - go to Michigan. Again, we did this in colder weather, but I PLAN on going back with nicer weather because the views were phenomenal!!
Ironically, we took this trip just months after the Kentucky trip. Jason loves to ski and this was the closest we could get him since he couldn't make it out to Colorado or with his buddies on one of their skiing trips. He thought he could teach me to ski, as I have little to absolute no experience doing so, and well, we resorted to wine the rest of the weekend... :) Just kidding! He's a professional compared to me, so these 'hills' were nothing for him and I was holding him back.
Places to go: Chateau Grand Traverse Winery, Chateau Chantal Winery, Mari Vineyards, eat: Trattoria Stella **MUST** - ask to eat under the arches. This place used to be an old psychiatric hospital back in the day. They've renovated the entire campus and there are businesses within. We had a couple of drinks at a bar within walking distance from Trattoria Stella (cannot remember the name, had kind of a hippie vibe to it) and then went for dinner under the arches. AMAZING! I would go back in a heartbeat; the atmosphere, the vibe, the food. Ton of fun.
Google search images of Trattoria Stella - I don't want to copyright as I don't have pictures of my own to share.
Door County y'all. I don't have much to write up on this other than if you haven't been here, you should go. However, it is kind of hard to get hotels booked in season and you will need a car to drive around in. It has been awhile since I have been here - 4 years actually as it came up on TimeHop on Facebook just the other day! There is an awesome winery that I love up there that some of our family friends will bring home my 2 favorite kinds for me. I just barely turned 21 when we went! :) No pictures...sorry folks. Digging and couldn't find!
I already know what you're thinking...Florida is too far... NO IT ISN'T! We have literally gone for a weekend trip. Take an extra day if you can afford it. 'Secret' spot? Pensacola/Fort Walton area. Legit hands down favorite. This is our go-to place. In fact, this was our first road trip together (Jason and I).
Places to go: Crab Trap at Boardwalk (this place burnt down...not sure if back up yet!), Peg Leg Pete's (Pensacola), AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar (Destin), there's also this breakfast place that we love...cannot think of the name of it! Small place, great food, awesome mimosas!
I'm only throwing this one our there because I know some people who haven't ever been to Chicago. To me, it is slightly obvious, but hey! There are SO many things to do in Chicago. I'll list a few of my must-sees:
- Field Museum
- Shedd Aquarium
- Wrigley Field .. baseball, duh! If not, bar hopping in Wrigleyville
- The "Bean"
- Millennium Park
Simply google and you will find what to do! :)
Didn't quite make the 'cut':
- Starved Rock/Utica
- St. Louis
My next blog will be actual vacation spots...until then: what do you think I missed that should be on the top 5 list? Where are your favorite spots? Leave me a comment! :)
Hi y'all! It's been awhile. Life got EXTREMELY busy at work and is just now starting to slow down for me. We have a TON to catch up on. This will be the first of the series that I will be putting out in the next couple of weeks...a long overdue first one! My cousin, Brian Zinke, has AMAZING photography that I've been wanting to do a little write up on to help get his name out there (even though he has much better exposure than I) - but hey proud family member here!! His work literally speaks for itself, and I will share some here shortly, but I want to give you an idea of who he is, besides awesome. :)
Occupation: Wildlife Ecologist
Education: Master of Science in Biology from Fort Hays State University, Bachelor of Science in Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Kansas State University
Recent Activity: Specifically working with 2 Endangered Species in Wyoming area and has moved onto Washington region very recently!
Here is an 'interview' that I did with him to get a little bit more knowledge of the who and why behind the camera!
Email sign up: http://www.brianzinkephotography.com/contact
Comment for ideas on next blogs....summer is coming soon y'all! Who needs travel tips or destination ideas? ;)
An adventurous soul, a kind heart, and a sarcastic mouth. You never know which you will get.